[RP Resource] Herb and Alchemy Guide

Moon Guard
Hey, Moon Guard! So since October 2017, I've been working on a project that documents the herbs and reagents of Azeroth, in great detail, from an in-universe perspective. I think it's finally in a state where I can release it. So far, it contains all the major herbs from every expansion, common reagents, and some of the rarer quest herbs. Since the guide is far too long to put on the forums, I've put it on a tumblr blog.

It can be found here:
http://herbalcompendium.tumblr.com/

I tried to look at where each plant is found, their physical appearance, the lore of the lands they grow, and what they are used for alchemically. They're arranged in several categories, such as region, properties, expansion, and environment so that it's easier for RPers to incorporate them into their RP.

Here's a sample entry, for Peacebloom:


Peacebloom

Colloquial names:
Chamomila, Sundaisy, Traveler’s Friend, Little Love

Physical Description: Peacebloom is a very common medicinal herb found across Azeroth, but most abundantly in Kalimdor, thriving against all odds in diverse soil and climate. This tendency, along with the herb’s properties, has earned it the name “Traveler’s Friend”. It can be found in the shades of Tirisfal, the verdant woodland of Teldrassil, the redrock of Durotar, and the lush forests of Elwynn most commonly. It is also said to grace the sunny plains of Mulgore and the golden groves of Eversong, as well as many others. Truly, a hearty little creature. Peacebloom, as the name suggests, is a symbol of peace and serenity, used in iconography and ritual as a plea for tranquil times, or as a thanks for the ones that have come to pass. It is a small but beautiful flower, with heart-shaped, lobed yellow-green leaves and slender, graceful silver petals. The center of the flower is a small pinprick of bright yellow loose pollen, sometimes collected as a pigment and applied to the eyes or cheeks by humans. I’ve often observed the children of Elwynn weaving the blooms and stems into flower crowns for one another, and have seen the crowns dried and hung from the walls of houses or hearths, kept forever as a memento of childhood and companionship. I have also seen it woven into the cribs of newborn babies, as its very smell and presence has a calming effect and odor. Its cohabitation affinity and hardiness are so great that the bloom can even be found growing on the bodies of creatures such as the Timberlings of Teldrassil, elementals that root themselves to the ground and feed off nutrients in the soil. The presence of Peacebloom among these creatures suggests that the Timberlings, and similar creatures, restore themselves directly from the Peacebloom growing on their bodies, or that the specific makeup of their bodies allows for this symbiosis.

Described usage:
Peacebloom is a common marketplace herb and is used to create more common alchemical potions such as weaker healing potions, a thin version of Troll’s Blood elixir, and potions of minor rejuvenation. A simple milling of Peacebloom flower in water with Silverleaf leaves, Earthroot leaves, or Mageroyal blooms will produce the aforementioned effects, respectively. These potions are also popular with instructors, given to students of alchemy due to the ease of acquiring ingredients and in performing, as well as to ease their anxiety. It is also used aromatically and as an ingredient to some teas. Flowers are draped in great bunches across the market stalls of Stormwind, usually taken to those in need of something tranquil and soft-smelling. As with potions, Peacebloom steeped and ingested through tea also lends restorative aid. Its smell is described as clean and herbal when boiled in water, and its taste very delicious, neither being too sweet nor too bitter. Its taste was described to me as “how clean sheets feel after a warm bath”. I’ve yet to meet a person that cannot be somewhat disarmed, even fleetingly, by the sight or smell of this bloom.

I want to give a HUGE thank you to my guild, Hollowlight Ventures, the community of Moon Guard for the support and love they've shown me throughout this project. I'd also like to thank Cannibal on WrA for making an INCREDIBLE list of plants and letting me use it!(https://wow.gamepedia.com/User:Cannibeans/Plants). If you haven't seen it, you should.

I'm going to continue updating the guide, but I hope y'all find it a good resource! I've had a ton of fun writing it. Please let me know what yall think!
I've been following along (and helping a little) with the creation of this guide and as a long time rper I'm extremely glad someone was able to give so much depth and life to such a broad and useful field of rp potential, Azeroth's plants and herbs.

I know a dozen or more people off the top of my head who could very positively reap reward and inspiration from a project like this and I think it's going to be of great benefit to anyone who gives it a read.
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I have been using Cannibal's herb resource religiously to help me create natural remedies for Ysae's practice. This sweetens the deal ten times more - thanks so much for your work! You'll find me living in the kaldorei tag.
04/29/2018 08:05 PMPosted by Ysae
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I have been using Cannibal's herb resource religiously to help me create natural remedies for Ysae's practice. This sweetens the deal ten times more - thanks so much for your work! You'll find me living in the kaldorei tag.


oh gosh, this is so sweet ;~; thank you so much!! I'm really glad you like it and it is helpful for RP.
It looks really good! You put an awesome amount of detail in each entry! As a fellow alchemy roleplayer, I love it!
This guide is honestly incredible. It is, without a doubt, one of the most monolithic RP works I've ever seen and truly, deeply, invaluably useful to anyone who uses herbs in their RP. It is SO GOOD. Thank you for this wonderful gift to the community, Greaves <3
Holy crap, this is awesome! Please please go through all the MG discords and advertise the hell out of this, it's an amazing piece of work and it deserves to be recognized!
I'm so glad you finally finished it! When you showed me the initial progress you had it was amazing and this is just so much greater -- thank you so much for sharing this and your hard work. <3
This is amazing! Thank you to you, and everyone who contributed to this work. I've already absorbed everything offered and wait eagerly for more. <3
Amazing work! It will be really helpful to Mirri in her work.
This is absolutely brilliant and I love it. You've done an awesome job on these! I'll share this with my guild as I'm sure many people would be able to use a resource like this. Thank you!
Yesssssssssss, my favorite herb for a few of my characters... Dreamfoil... yussssss...

This is written better than the one I found on the MG forums here a few years ago that wasn't updated past.. perhaps cataclysm?
wow, guys, the responses to this have been amazing!! I’ve added a tag for “tea” because several people mentioned they used teas in their herbal RP. I’ve gotten a few requests for things, so expect to see some new plants here soon (:

three quick things (answers to questions I've gotten asked recently):
- it goes without saying you're welcome to share the link to the guide / forum post wherever! I wrote the guide for it to be used.

- If you’d like your character to know of the guide ICly, the most likely thing they would know is it is a book by a woman named Greaves, said to live in the forests of Duskwood.

- the best way to support the guide is to basically do what everyone's been doing already. commenting on the forum post, requesting herbs, voicing their interest, and being generally extremely wonderful. :>
Koah mentioned to me that he was helping with something like this. Very nice!

One bit of constructive criticism: the Nightborne language is officially called Shalassian, not Suramari. Totally up to you whether or not to change it, I just wasn't sure if you knew.
05/01/2018 02:04 PMPosted by Malvalen
Koah mentioned to me that he was helping with something like this. Very nice!

One bit of constructive criticism: the Nightborne language is officially called Shalassian, not Suramari. Totally up to you whether or not to change it, I just wasn't sure if you knew.


I am decidedly aware of that! since the guide is written from an in-universe perspective, I am not sure if my character would be, however. I went back and forth on which term to use and settled on Suramari. There are a couple other stylistic choices like that sprinkled throughout. Koah submitted some recipes and information on the warlords of draenor herbs. his writings are listed there with credit. thanks! :)
05/01/2018 02:51 PMPosted by Greáves
I am decidedly aware of that! since the guide is written from an in-universe perspective, I am not sure if my character would be, however. I went back and forth on which term to use and settled on Suramari. There are a couple other stylistic choices like that sprinkled throughout. Koah submitted some recipes and information on the warlords of draenor herbs. his writings are listed there with credit. thanks! :)

Ah, okay, I apologize then, wasn't meaning to be a jerk but I also know some people haven't played Nightborne. I'm sorry for my assumption and if I was rude, I promise it wasn't intended.
Greáves put a lot of amazing work into this guide. I'm so very proud of her and really pleased on how well it came out.

Ah, okay, I apologize then, wasn't meaning to be a jerk but I also know some people haven't played Nightborne. I'm sorry for my assumption and if I was rude, I promise it wasn't intended.

no worries! you're all good, and I'm glad you like the guide.
05/01/2018 03:09 PMPosted by Koah
Greáves put a lot of amazing work into this guide. I'm so very proud of her and really pleased on how well it came out.

;~; thank you, my friend.
I'm a big fan of this! I'll definitely be using it in my RP.
Great work! I love this kind of micro-world building stuff, and really wish this all could be canonized.

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